The Cub’s provide 4 and 5 year old campers an opportunity to experience the outdoors. We want our Cubs to experience a wide variety of outdoor adventures that help build enthusiasm and confidence to try new things, as well as a sense of teamwork and appreciation for the natural world. Cubs will enjoy plenty of down time that includes storytime, singing and free time to relax and enjoy the outdoors.
Activities for our Cubs are well rounded and fun. Every week is balanced with some dry activities which include activities like hiking, field sports, scavenger hunts and camping skills. Cubs also splash into some wet activities which let them experience the joys of our natural waterways with kayaking, canoeing, tubing and other play. These young campers also have the opportunity to do arts and crafts and learn camp songs that they’ll never forget. Helping care for small animals is always an important part at Calleva and part of the Cubs’ day. Once a week the Cubs explore a local park, farm or other part of the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve on our Cub Treks. A Cubs week is designed to ignite the adventurous spirit in our littlest campers, and yes your kids will get dirty!!! Ultimately we want every camper to end their week with a new friend, a “Yes I can!” attitude, and the self confidence to try something new.
Cubs have a regular day from 9am to 4pm with their very own council away from the bigger kids. Although Cubs share the bus service with the older kids, they have their own bus counselor and special seats up front. Pick-Up and Drop-Off times are around 8am and 5pm, and parents are notified of the exact times the week before their Cub go to Camp.
Art & Song: At Calleva, the Arts come out to play and even our Cubs are ready for Song & Dance! Whether we are writing songs, working on motions, painting the set, or creating props – Calleva feeds the artistic needs of our little Cubs. The power to create in one’s mind will play out through our hands, mouths and bodies! Creativity is nurtured and Cubs are encouraged to express themselves through Song & Dance!
Animal & Farm: Last summer, the animals at our Seneca Road base were a big part of our Cubs camp. Children enjoyed interacting with our small animal corral, which included ponies, goats & chickens. Cubs experienced all aspects of animal care, helping to clean the animal’s pens, feeding & watering, cuddling & naming each animal friend in our menagerie.
Dry Adventures: Cubs take advantage of the rich historic and environmental resources of Riley’s Lock and indulge in some fun land based adventures. Located along the Seneca Creek and through a network of trails including the Seneca Greenway and C&O Canal, Cubs can pop out of the woods and rummage through the park, the ruins of the Seneca Sandstone Quarry, the fields near the Aqueduct and much more.
Wet Adventures: The stretch of creek between Riley’s and Poole’s Store is every little Cub’s splash park. Cool down while building water awareness and learning an activity! With close supervision and proper personal flotation devices, Cubs can use the waterways to either journey up or down the shallow Seneca Creek to their next adventure.
Rain Plan: We are aware that there are concerns regarding Rain & Storms at camp. For any programs that we can continue to do the activities with happy campers we will do so. If for any reason the rain or storm has us stop the activity, then all groups have an alternative plan and location under cover. For adverse weather (such as severe storms), all activities have nearby shelters or use Calleva bus as a temporary shelter.